Daniel Wise returning to KU football for senior season

‘Unfinished business,’ tweets defensive tackle after breakout junior campaign

Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise, right, announced his intention to return for a senior season in a Wednesday night tweet. Wise had 16 tackles for loss as a junior. (2016 file photograph/The Associated Press)

LAWRENCE — Three years of Kansas football weren’t enough for Daniel Wise.

 

Wise, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle who recently completed his junior campaign, announced his intention to return for a senior season in a tweet Wednesday night.

“Unfinished business,” Wise wrote, attaching a picture of a KU defensive huddle.

Already a force as an underclassman, Wise enjoyed a breakout junior season. He posted 16 tackles for loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 2017, one of the few highlights from the Jayhawks’ 1-11 campaign. The Lewisville, Texas, native was the only KU player voted first team All-Big 12 last season.

“Cannot put into words how valuable Daniel is to our program — an outstanding leader with a tremendous work ethic and an infectious personality,” KU coach David Beaty tweeted. “It’s an honor to be your coach. Looking forward to seeing you out there in the Crimson and Blue again in 2018.”

The defensive lineman’s family already has an NFL pedigree. His brother, Deatrich Jr., played at Arkansas and was selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and their father, Deatrich Sr., was a ninth-round pick in the 1988 NFL Draft and played for the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints.

Wise’s return softens the blow of losing Dorance Armstrong, a defensive end who last week announced his decision to declare for the draft. Armstrong is a projected second-round selection at a pair of online mock draft outlets.

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